An animal keeper at Madrid Zoo was seriously injured on Sunday after being attacked by a gorilla that gained access to a safe area.
At around 10:15 am local time, the employee, who has more than 19 years of experience, went to a safe area for routine feeding and cleaning. It was then that the 46-year-old woman came face to face with Malabo, a 29-year-old 400-pound male gorilla who, unbeknownst to the employee, had entered the area.
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“The reasons why the animal was able to enter the area are being investigated internally,” according to an English translation of the zoo̵
The zoo was able to safely remove the animal which is now “calm” and inside its indoor bedroom, the zoo said.
The gorilla injured the worker’s head and chest and she has multiple fractures, including two broken arms in the attack, Sky News reported.
Madrid police are now handling the investigation.
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